When and how should I apply for financial aid?
Our priority deadline for scholarships and awards is March 1. If you miss the deadline, you will still be considered for all financial aid available, but you run the risk of missing some opportunities.
What is the difference between merit awards and need-based aid?
Merit awards are based on a student’s talents and/or achievements and are available at Bethany in the areas of academics, servant leadership, athletics, and fine arts. A family’s ability to pay is not factored in when these are awarded.
Need-based aid is awarded to admitted students based solely on ability to pay as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
How do I apply for need-based aid?
Students are asked to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 001904.
Can I receive a financial aid award before I apply for admission?
Students are not awarded until after they have applied and been accepted to Bethany. However, if you have completed everything by the priority deadline, you should have your award in time to make your final college decision.
How do I find out how much need-based aid I could qualify for before I apply?
We recommend you use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your financial aid. This will give you an idea of how much aid may be awarded to you.
What if my financial situation changes during the year?
Families who feel they have encountered a significant financial change and would like to request a review of a current aid package should contact Student Financial Services.
What if I have special circumstances not shown on the FAFSA?
Students or families who feel they have special circumstances not covered on the FAFSA or other documents they have submitted should contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
Can I receive financial aid if I study overseas?
The financial aid a student is able to receive when studying abroad may differ depending on the program and/or University as well as the terms of enrollment. Typically, enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment in the home institution for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid. In most cases Bethany will honor academic merit scholarships for which the student qualifies. Other awards will be subject to the approval of the program director.
Additional scholarship opportunities may be available. Students are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services early in the planning process. Please see our Study Abroad page for more information.
What if I am selected for Verification?
Please visit our verification page for more information.